What To Consider When Choosing Paint For Your Interior Painting Or Exterior Painting Project

This is your guide to choosing the right paint for your interior or exterior painting project:

Surface Area

Different paints can cover certain surface areas in different ways. Paint manufacturers will indicate how much of an area you can cover based on the type of paint you’re looking at.

Various Paint Types

Depending on what you need, you may consult with your house painters to determine whether you’re better off with a latex paint that has a satin finish, an enamel paint that has a matte or glossy finish, or something completely different. Choosing the right paint for a particular project will help make for a smoother process and a better finish.

The Lifespan of the Paint

Paint on any surface will only last so long. You will want to understand how long it takes for the paint to double its thickness. This happens while it dries and is an indicator of the paint’s durability. The painting company can advise you.

Can it Be Cleaned

You will inevitably get scuffs on your painted surface. In an area where you want to maintain a clean look, you will want to use washable paint that will not fade with frequent washes.


Painting contractors are widely familiar with the range of paint sheens available, which include gloss, semi-gloss, eggshell/satin, and matte/flat. Sheen levels can also differ among paint brands. For this reason, check with the manufacturer of the paint you like so you know the type of sheen you can expect.

Combination Primers and Paints

The kind of primer used will often complement the pigment of the paint you choose to finish with. A primer will seal the surface for an even and stable area to which the paint can be applied, which will also extend the life of the paint. Under certain circumstances, an all-in-one paint and primer may work well but speaking to a professional painting contractor may help you decide.

Binding Capabilities

No matter what color you choose, the pigment in the paint is mixed with a binding agent, allowing the paint to stick to the surface. Whether you’re handling an interior painting project for your walls or you’re doing exterior painting on metal, the type of binding agent will differ.